ISAAC BASHEVIS SINGER THE CAFETERIA PDF

To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them. Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems; we are continuing to work to improve these archived versions. It describes an almost casual but extremely intense relationship between two Jewish refugees. Aaron is a fairly successful Yiddish writer who spends much of his time traveling and lecturing around the world. Esther, who lives with her father, is a survivor of a Nazi concentration camp, now eking out a living sewing buttons in New Jersey.

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Save this story for later. The New Yorker, December 28, P. In the fifties, Esther became part of their group. Although she had been in a Russian prison camp and now had taken a menial job to support her cripple father, she was cheerful and outgoing.

She and the author became good friends, but each time he saw her, she looked more disenchanted; her father died, she was often ill, and she worried about her sanity.

Several years after their first meeting, she called the author and came to his apartment to tell him that she had seen Hitler, surrounded by Nazis in the Broadway cafeteria the night it burned down. The author tried to reassure her that she had had a vision, but he was convinced that she was mad. One night he saw her in the subway, looking happy and prosperous, on the arm of an ancient man he had thought was long dead.

He was upset by seeing her with the old man, and reappraised her story of seeing Hitler, realizing that if, as Kant argues, time and space are only forms of perception, then she might really have seen Hitler. The next day he learned that she had killed herself some time before he saw her in the subway. View Article Published in the print edition of the December 28, , issue. Enter your e-mail address Will be used in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

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A few years later, the family moved to a nearby Polish town of Radzymin. The exact date of his birth is uncertain, but most probably it was November 11 a date similar to the one that Singer gave both to his official biographer Paul Kresh, [7] his secretary Dvorah Telushkin, [8] and Rabbi William Berkowitz. The often-quoted birth date, July 14, was made up by the author in his youth, most probably to make himself younger to avoid the draft. Both his older siblings, sister Esther Kreitman — and brother Israel Joshua Singer — , became writers as well. Esther was the first of the family to write stories. After the Yeshiva building burned down in , the family moved to a flat at ul.

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